Phil Neville celebrates after scoring a goal for Manchester United at Old Trafford

Goal of the Day: N is for... Neville

Friday 12 June 2020 02:00

Our A-Z Goal of the Day series continues today with the letter 'N', for Neville. Phil Neville....

The youngest member of the famed 'Class of '92' and the sibling of Gary, Phil made 386 appearances for the Reds between 1994 and 2005, in a variety of positions, including across the back four and in central midfield.

Like his brother, Phil was a rare goalscorer, but we've picked out his 2003 effort against Glasgow Rangers in the Champions League as today's Goal of the Day...

Goal of the Day: Phil Neville v Rangers Video

Goal of the Day: Phil Neville v Rangers

N is for Neville… and we’ve selected Phil in our A-Z series! Here’s his 2003 strike against Rangers…


Like brother Gary, Phil came through the Academy under the tutelage of Eric Harrison. Although too young for the 1992 FA Youth Cup triumph, he appeared in the second leg of the final a year later and made his full Reds debut in a 1995 FA Cup tie against Wrexham.


December 2002, and the Reds face Arsenal in a crunch Premier League match at Old Trafford. The Gunners are the reigning champions and setting the pace in the top-flight. They've scored in every single one of their last 55 league games and to make matters worse United are without talismanic skipper Roy Keane for the visit of Arsene Wenger's side. No matter. Phil slots in seamlessly alongside Paul Scholes and Juan Sebastian Veron and, although it's his midfield partners who net the goals in United's 2-0 win, the plaudits go to Neville junior for his committed and aggressive approach, which ensures Arsenal fail to really get going in M16.


Although never first choice in one position like Gary, Phil thrived on his ability to play anywhere in defence and midfield. With the exception of his debut campaign and 1996/97, he made at least 30 appearances a season for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, helping United to six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and one Champions League title in 1999, when he was memorably one of the first of the Reds' ecstatic substitutes to mob Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he'd netted the winner at the Nou Camp.


Phil departed Old Trafford in 2005, at the age of 28, and joined up with David Moyes at Everton. He made his Premier League debut for the Toffees against United and went on to become a significant part of Moyes's overperforming Blues side, playing largely in central midfield as the Merseyside club regularly qualified for the UEFA Cup and made it to the 2009 FA Cup final. Phil captained the Blues at Wembley on that day, and remained skipper until his retirement in 2013.

Treble Icons: Phil Neville


We recall the part Phil Neville played in our Treble-winning campaign of 1998/99.


"I remember there being a few tears, it’s even emotional now because I’d been at United since the age of 11 and Phil had been there since he was 13, going to see Sir Alex to say that he wants to leave, that Phil wanted to go and play football every single week. David Moyes had been very keen to sign him at Everton and had shown big interest, Bill Kenwright had as well, which was a big influence on my brother and my Dad. I do remember it like it was yesterday and I don’t remember a lot of my football matches but I remember him leaving. They were big wrench moments that I had and that was among the biggest disappointments I had at United." (Gary Neville on Phil leaving in 2005).

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